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Synaptics’ new in-display fingerprint sensor will probably not be on the Galaxy S9

Exactly a year ago, Synaptics announced a new fingerprint sensor that could be placed beneath the glass on the bottom bezel of a phone’s front side. That led to plenty of speculation that the Galaxy S8 would come with the fingerprint scanner buried under its AMOLED display, only for Samsung to put the fingerprint sensor in a horrible spot next to the rear camera. Today, Synaptics has unveiled an in-display fingerprint sensor that it says is already in “mass production with a top five OEM,” suggesting we could see one on the Galaxy S9.

In-display fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy S9? Probably not

We’re not sure that will be the case, however. First and foremost, Synaptics could be talking about any of the top five smartphone OEMs, even if it says the sensor is designed for phones with “infinity displays.” According to the last quarter data from IDC, Huawei, Oppo, and Xiaomi were among the top smartphone manufacturers in addition to Apple and Samsung. The press release from Synaptics says the industry is “quickly shifting to bezel-free OLED infinity displays,” and unfortunately, Samsung and Apple aren’t the only ones using such displays.

Huawei already has such a display on the Mate 10 Pro, and it could be working on yet another handset with an all-screen design that may also implement said fingerprint sensor. Apple, meanwhile, is clearly more interested in Face ID and is unlikely to look back towards fingerprint sensors anytime soon, even if it could put one behind the screen.

Synaptics also doesn’t say when the first phones with in-display fingerprint sensors will hit the market, so it’s possible such phones will only arrive in the second half of 2018. The Galaxy Note 9 would be a likely candidate in that case, as some rumors are already floating around supporting that possibility. What the rumors haven’t said is that the Galaxy S9 (or the Galaxy S9+) will come with a fingerprint sensor below the display, so a sudden press release from one of the world’s top fingerprint scanner makers isn’t enough to turn things around.

Most reports suggest the fingerprint sensor will stay at the back with the Galaxy S9, but with a placement that’s more convenient. That’s certainly what’s looking most plausible at this point in time, and while you will hear no complaints from us if the Galaxy S9 does have an in-display fingerprint sensor, it certainly doesn’t look like Samsung is ready to make such a major design change. Improving existing security methods on its phones is a better plan for the short-term, and even an easy-to-reach sensor at the back of the phone will be a drastic improvement for the company’s flagship phone lineup.

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Timi_Akinlonu
Timi_Akinlonu

I definitely think it will happen on the S9. Just think about it. Synaptics stated a “top 5 OEM” will have it which includes Samsung and Samsung wanted it to come on the S8. They also stated “Infinity Display”, the term Samsung use. And will be shown at CES 2018, the time Samsung may unveil it, and is already under mass production which means it will have started weeks ago, which is around the same time the S9 was also under mass production. If you put 2 and 2 together it makes sense the S9 will have it and Samsung… Read more »

martindale
martindale

It is always true that anyone who claims to be “in the top n” is actually “in the n’th position.”

digvijayshinde
digvijayshinde

You don’t mass produce components 9 months before the smartphone launch

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

They just released another statement, saying their display manufacturers support infinity displays up to 20:9 aspect ratios; FHD+ and QWHD+. BUT, their display manufacturers are from China and Japan. Which does not hint to Samsung at all 🙁 I don’t think they should be using the term infinity display then. the displays support HDR, rounded corners and notches and cut-outs. They even called them “ClearView”. surely this is a lot of Samsung Terminology for something that isn’t Samsung

caesantos
caesantos

You write this article as if Samsung had just started thinking about an in-display fingerprint sensor, lol… And you know Samsung has been working on it for a long time!

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

Doubt it will be on the s9 as the designs should be locked down now and gearing up for full production in readiness for next year.

The s9 will be a refined s8, doubt there will be dual speakers, under screen finger print reader, 3d facial scanner but hope both models will get dual camera, 6gb ram, better battery, smaller overall build, better screen and faster processor.

santeripe
santeripe

The statement from Synaptics says that the sensor is already in mass production though, the S9 design being locked down recently wouldn’t be a problem since the under-display scanner has already been ready for a while too, and is in mass production now… I still do believe that the S9 will have the scanner in the back because every leak so far has suggested so, and many leakers have explicitly said that the it won’t be under the display.

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

I think the sad thing is that Samsung will be looking at the apple strategy and to increase their margins. The s9 could simply be an s8 with smaller chin, 4gb ram, single lense camera, single speaker, slight improved iris scanner, FPS position and potential slightly better camera. If this is the truth then It’s very disappointing as the s8 and potential so size is perfect size for smart phone. The plus size phones are just too pick and not pocket friendly. Then what is the point of releasing a phone with this poor spec when you can get nearly… Read more »

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

You cannot say “infinity display” and NOT mean Samsung, no other company on the planet calls it an infinity display and if they are talking about a different OEM, I’d be very annoyed if I was Samsung. Yeah, it may not mean the S9 but will definitely be on the Galaxy Note9 or even Galaxy X or Galaxy Z

Petsiotis Dimitris
Petsiotis Dimitris

Right. “Infinity display” is probably trademarked by Samsung.